Previous winners
Fall 2016:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2015:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2014:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2013:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2012:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2011:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2010:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2009:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2008:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2007:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2006:

TV | Radio | Student

Spring 2006:

TV | Radio | Student

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2017 RTDNAC Station Award Categories

Unless otherwise noted, stations and individuals in the Radio, TV I and TV II divisions may submit entries in the following categories:

  • Best Newscast (TV Divisions I and II only): Submit one newscast that you feel represents your best effort. State on the form accompanying the entry what hour and date the newscast was broadcast and recorded. Newscasts entered must be complete and unaltered from the way that they were broadcast and recorded. No retakes allowed. Judges will consider the quality of reporting and content, news judgment, writing, delivery and technical quality. The same newscast can also be entered for AP Best Newscast. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • Radio News Block (Radio Division only): Entry must include a locally produced newscast and may also include weather, sports interviews, etc. The entry must be an off-air recording of a live program with no editing or alteration. Judges will consider the quality of the overall presentation, writing, sound, information and impact. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

  • Breaking News: A specific story, unscheduled and for which no prior or planning was possible. Entries will be judged on immediacy (whether broadcast live or after the event), quality of reporting, use of sound, interviews and style. Judges will be asked to keep in mind that spot news is outside the control of the broadcaster and that treatment of the individual story, rather than the nature of the story, is to be evaluated. Entry limited to 20 minutes.

  • General News: A single story or combination of related stories of which planning was possible. Entry limited to a 15-minute segment.

  • General News by Multimedia Journalist (TV Divisions I and II only): A single story or combination of related stories of which planning was possible and was covered by a multimedia journalist in its entirety. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Consumer/Economic: A story or series of stories that will help a consumer make choices in the marketplace and/or understand the forces that shape the marketplace. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Education: Best treatment of an educational issue presented as a story or series. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Entertainment: A story or segment that focuses on entertainment. Entry limited to 5 minutes.

  • Health-Medicine: Best treatment of a health or medical issue presented as a story or series. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Investigative: Story or series of stories on the same topic in which the reporter uncovered facts that otherwise might not have become public knowledge. Entry may be accompanied with materials outlining steps taken to prepare reports and ensure accuracy. Entry limited to 20 minutes and other materials to two pages.

  • Political: Best individual story or series dealing with the political process. May include composite and election coverage. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Series: A series of stories about a single topic. Entries will be judged on presentation, relevance of topic and quality of research. Entry limited to 20 minutes.

  • Special Report: An expanded presentation of a breaking news event or current news issue. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • News Special: A television program outside of a regularly scheduled newscast, dealing cohesively with a single subject. Entry limited to 30 minutes and may be edited for length.

  • Hard News Feature: A human-interest story that is serious in subject and tone. Entries will be judged on writing style, photography, and human qualities expressed. Entry limited to 5 minutes.

  • Light Feature: A human-interest story that is light in subject and tone. Entries will be judged on writing style, photography, and human qualities expressed. Entry limited to 5 minutes.

  • News Website: The website must be affiliated with a radio or television news organization. The news organization's website, as its principal functions, must disseminate timely news and information targeted for its core audiences. News content must be generated primarily by entrant, supplemented by secondary content provided by wire services or networks. The site should be of practical use to the public and maximize online technologies to inform and educate the public and enhance public debate about important daily issues.

    To be eligible for this category: 

    • Submit at least five examples of functioning, cached or active URLs that demonstrate exceptional news coverage and journalistic skill. One of these must be the home page.

    • Entry must include original content.

    • Creativity, clarity, storytelling techniques and use of audio, video or other Internet technologies will be considered by the judges.

    • Include a  short description.

  • Original Web Reporting (TV Divisions I and II only): An entry covering one general news story solely for use online. Entry will include original, web-only information and sidebars, to include, but not limited to, video, attachments and graphics. Include link to the coverage.

  • Photography (TV Divisions I and II only): Best video photography in a single report or series. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Sports Reporting: Best treatment of a single sports story for which planning was possible. No play-by-play is permitted. Entry limited to 10 minutes.

  • Sports Special: A special program either outside or inside a regularly scheduled newscast or program. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • NEW! Use of Social Media (TV Divisions I and II only): Submit a compilation of no more than five examples of how the media organization used social media to enhance, uncover or showcase news coverage.

    Submit examples through functioning, cached or active URLs. Examples are eligible from, but not limited to, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Judges will consider creativity, clarity, storytelling techniques and use of audio, video or other Internet technologies.

    This category is open to media organizations only and all posts should come from the organization's social media accounts.

  • Use of Technology (TV Divisions I and II only): Best coverage of a single story on air or online, that includes innovative technology in the storytelling. Outside-of-the-box ideas are encouraged. Entry limited to 5 minutes for on-air stories.

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